Cloud of Things – Deutsche Telekom's IoT platform

The Cloud of Things is our high-performance, cloud-based IoT application platform for the Internet of Things. You can use it to connect your devices and machines while monitoring and controlling them remotely. Out-of-the-box, no programming or installation (SaaS): Simply connect your devices, configure individual dashboards and get your first IoT project up and running!

The Cloud of Things collects the sensor data of your connected machines in real-time and analyzes it. And you’ll always have an overview of several parameters, such as pressure, RPM, temperature or position in your personal web portal. You’ll also have comprehensive analysis tools at your disposal to gain insights and trigger automated actions. It all makes it extremely easy to develop new business models, increase the efficiency of your systems and processes, reduce downtime and cut costs through predictive maintenance.

This is how you benefit from the Cloud of Things
  • Real-time monitoring
    Keep track of sensor data from machines and devices in real-time and react to alarms and events.
  • Remote maintenance
    Remotely access your managed devices via the Cloud of Things web portal.
  • Multi-tenant capability
    Manage an unlimited number of separate subtenants.
  • Individual branding
    Easily customize the appearance of the Cloud of Things and the domain to match your brand identity.
  • Rules & alarms
    Define your own rules and alarms and rapidly react to deviations from defined thresholds.  
  • Comprehensive data analytics
    Detect anomalies early and make informed business decisions based on predictive models developed on your own.

The right version for every scenario

Maybe you want to monitor your devices from the cloud. Perhaps you’d like to manage machines at multiple locations and for different branches or brands. But what if you need to process sensitive or latency-critical data on your own servers? The Cloud of Things is available in three scalable versions that adapt to your individual requirements.

Cloud of Things
Smart



A cloud-based IoT platform that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Small and medium-sized B2B companies that want to manage their devices in the cloud

Integrators and providers of IoT solutions

Cloud of Things
Enterprise


A cloud-based IoT platform for multiple tenants that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Firms wanting to manage their IoT infrastructure within regional or departmental frameworks

Resellers and integrators wanting to expand their product and service portfolios with their own add-ons, branding and billing

Solution providers

Cloud of Things
Private



A self-managed IoT platform hosted on your local server allowing you to coordinate all your IoT devices

Who's it for?

Users processing very large amounts of data locally

Users wanting to avoid a public cloud

Installations on campus networks requiring low data latency

Users with corporate security policies not allowing the use of public cloud solutions



Cloud of Things
Smart

A cloud-based IoT platform that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Small and medium-sized B2B companies that want to manage their devices in the cloud

Integrators and providers of IoT solutions

Cloud of Things
Enterprise

A cloud-based IoT platform for multiple tenants that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Firms wanting to manage their IoT infrastructure within regional or departmental frameworks

Resellers and integrators wanting to expand their product and service portfolios with their own add-ons, branding and billing

Solution providers

Cloud of Things
Private

A self-managed IoT platform hosted on your local server allowing you to coordinate all your IoT devices

Who's it for?

Users processing very large amounts of data locally

Users wanting to avoid a public cloud

Installations on campus networks requiring low data latency

Users with corporate security policies not allowing the use of public cloud solutions

Cloud of Things
Smart



A cloud-based IoT platform that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Small and medium-sized B2B companies that want to manage their devices in the cloud

Integrators and providers of IoT solutions

Cloud of Things
Enterprise


A cloud-based IoT platform for multiple tenants that can collect and process data from connected devices, provide insights and trigger direct actions

Who's it for?

Firms wanting to manage their IoT infrastructure within regional or departmental frameworks

Resellers and integrators wanting to expand their product and service portfolios with their own add-ons, branding and billing

Solution providers

Cloud of Things
Private



A self-managed IoT platform hosted on your local server allowing you to coordinate all your IoT devices

Who's it for?

Users processing very large amounts of data locally

Users wanting to avoid a public cloud

Installations on campus networks requiring low data latency

Users with corporate security policies not allowing the use of public cloud solutions

Intuitive to use


Smart

Enterprise

Private

Intuitive user interface

Visualization of sensor data with custom dashboards

Large selection of ready-to-use widgets

Easy to get started


Smart

Enterprise

Private

No programming necessary

No installation necessary

No investments in infrastructure necessary

Sophisticated device management

Many common communication protocols available out of the box

The Cloud Fieldbus supports Modbus/RTU, Modbus/TCP, CAN RAW, CANopen, OPC UA, Profibus DP

Supports MQTT

Supports LWM2M

Many networking options available such as LoRa, Sigfox, etc.

Fast prototyping with integrated simulators

Maximum scalability


Smart

Enterprise

Private

Fits your needs: from the smallest growth stage with just a few devices to complete industry solutions providing comprehensive functionality

The Cloud of Things grows along with customers: pay-as-you-grow; features can be added as required

Data exchange with external systems via REST API (JSON)

Comprehensive approach to roles and authorizations

Unlimited number of users

Subtenancy: multi-tenant capability, e.g. for multinational locations

Secure data exchange between tenants via Data Broker

Plenty of customization options


Smart

Enterprise

Private

Both out-of-the-box and custom solutions possible

Branding completely customizable with features such as a Branding Manager and Custom URL

Customization of the frontend via API interface (e.g. for implementing individual UIs)

Optional on-premises installed on customer’s own server (no latency; especially suitable for highly sensitive data)

Analysis and actions


Smart

Enterprise

Private

Sophisticated rules engine tailored to different user needs:

Smart Rules

Analytics Builder

Pre-integration of workflow management solutions like Flowground

Precise asset location even without GPS via Mobile Network and WLAN Localization

Access devices and machines via Remote Control

Services


Smart

Enterprise

Private

Hosting in Germany, available worldwide

99.95% availability

End-to-end solution from a single source including consulting and integration

Extensive catalog of certified hardware

Connectivity in the best German network

Carrier grade security standards (PSA: Telekom Privacy & Security Assessment Process)

Support via hotline and self-service with the Help & Service website

Developer tools including SDKs and agents on Github


Learn more about the Cloud of Things versions and their features

Professional add-ons for your specific application

Cloud of Things add-ons


Depending on the version, the Cloud of Things has several extensions available enabling you to get the most out of your IoT project. These can be added individually according to our modular system.

Branding Manager

BRANDING MANAGER

Customize the look and feel of the Cloud of Things to match the identity and design of your company, customers or brand.

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Custom URL

CUSTOM URL

Use your own domain or subdomain as the URL for your Cloud of Things clients.

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Subtenancy

SUBTENANCY

Tap the advanced user hierarchy administration function to manage an unlimited number of separate subtenants.

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Data Broker

DATA BROKER

Exchange data securely with tenants or between subtenants and combine selected information.

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Advanced Rules

ADVANCED RULES

Gain maximum insight from your data with user-defined graphic analytics building blocks and custom EPL rules.

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Machine Learning

MACHINE LEARNING

Keep a constant eye on your business through the rapid development, execution and management of predictive models.

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Mobile Network and WLAN Localization

MOBILE NETWORK AND WLAN LOCALIZATION

Determine the geographical position of your IoT devices – when GPS is not available or allowed, simply use a mobile network or WLAN.

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Remote Control

REMOTE CONTROL

Access and configure managed devices more securely, easily and quickly from the Cloud of Things portal.

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Microservices Runtime

MICROSERVICES RUNTIME

Expand the platform with your own microservices running in docker containers in a Kubernetes cluster.

Find out more

Local Cloud Extension

LOCAL CLOUD EXTENSION

Process your machine data nearly in real-time locally, with a hybrid solution using your own servers and the cloud.

Find out more

Here's how you benefit from Deutsche Telekom's IoT platform

Get started with your project immediately

Get started with your project immediately
Our software-as-a-service from the cloud makes extra investments unnecessary. The clearly designed portal interface with preconfigured widgets is intuitive to use. The platform provides the most common industry protocols straight out of the box.

Work securely with encryption

Work securely with encryption
It’s never been easier to turn raw data into business intelligence. The Cloud of Things is your fast track to Industry 4.0, enabling your firm to remain competitive in the future. We can help you recognize new and profitable business models, as well as turn products into innovative services.

Adjust the platform to your growth

Adjust the platform to your growth
Regardless if you’re starting out small or aim to vastly expand your devices and sensors: Cloud of Things is fully scalable. Our pay-as-you-grow plan ensures low investment costs by billing you only for your connected devices.

Take advantage of our comprehensive service

Take advantage of our comprehensive service
Our full-service support for cloud integration and customization is always there for you. The Help & Service App provides all necessary manuals, FAQs and access to our hotline in one place. 

Get everything you need

Get everything you need
Our end-to-end offering has everything you need from a single provider: certified devices, global connectivity, access to an IoT platform and the integration of your existing systems.

Use our tools for developers

Use our tools for developers
Connect existing systems to the Cloud of Things via an API and use our developer tools including SDKs and agents to help you to develop your own applications.       

Possible use cases for our IoT platform


Interested in trying the Cloud of Things with no obligation?


  • Free access to Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud of Things portal
  • 60-day trial
  • No commitments
Cloud of Things Demo Account

We can help make your individual IoT project a success

Looking for the most reliable connectivity or the right hardware? Do you need support in developing ideas or implementing your plans? We can support your IoT project exactly where you need help the most.

Global connectivity

Global connectivity

Use Deutsche Telekom’s best network for your IoT projects.

Certified hardware

Certified devices

Together with our partners, we offer certified hardware that is individually tailored to your needs.

Service & Consulting

Service & consulting

Take advantage of our expertise and speedy support while up and running.

Integration

Integration

Let our experts help you with the integration of your system.

Global connectivity

Global connectivity

Use Deutsche Telekom’s best network for your IoT projects.

Certified hardware

Certified devices

Together with our partners, we offer certified hardware that is individually tailored to your needs.

Service & Consulting

Service & consulting

Take advantage of our expertise and speedy support while up and running.

Integration

Integration

Let our experts help you with the integration of your system.

VIDEOS
 

Cloud of Things - Getting started

What is the Cloud of Things? And what can it do? Get a first glimpse with our videos. You’d like further information about specific functionality? Take a look at our tutorials or webinars.

Cloud of Things - Device Management

You have already logged into the Cloud of Things web portal? In the following tutorial we show you how to connect and control devices via device management.

Cloud of Things - Cockpit

You have already logged into the Cloud of Things web portal and connected your first devices to the portal? In this tutorial, we will explain the monitoring functions of the cockpit and introduce you to the dashboard.


Tutorial: Cloud of Things - Administration

Would you like to learn more about the possibilities of The Cloud of Things? In this tutorial, we will explain the administration application. We show you how to create users and assign roles.

Intelligent industrial doors

Hörmann and the Internet of Things: How the industrial doors of Hörmann have learned to speak with Smart Control. And how they can be easily maintained and repaired now.

T-Systems digitalizes Kaeser

Kaeser offers compressed air system solutions and has developed a measuring kit to analyze the compressed air requirement. So far, expensive losses of measuring kits and an unclear information situation have caused problems. But now the kits are networked with the cloud.

Frequently asked questions about IoT platforms

What is an IoT platform?

An IoT platform is the heart and brain of any IoT project. It performs the following tasks:

  • The IoT platform receives stores data from the IoT devices.
  • It analyzes this data, using it to draw insights.
  • Based on these insights, it triggers actions and process chains.
  • The platform presents data in a clear form so that users can use it to derive actions for their business.
  • It establishes connections to other applications, such as ERP and CRM systems, via interfaces.

In a 2020 study by TÜV Süd, 41 percent of German companies surveyed said they believe IoT platforms are the most important technology for the success of the Internet of Things.

Companies can develop their own IoT platform, buy it as software and install it on their own servers or operate it in the cloud. Deutsche Telekom for example provides the Cloud of Things to you as a Software as a Service (SaaS) via the web. This offers your company a number of advantages.

What are the advantages of an IoT platform from the cloud?

You can install and operate IoT platforms yourself or obtain them as software as a service (SaaS) from the public cloud. This last option has many advantages: By using ready-made IoT platforms available from the cloud, you reduce your development costs because you have more functions available faster and with less technical effort.

By outsourcing non-core parts of your product to an IoT platform, you reduce your risk, minimize costs, improve quality, and accelerate your time to market. The costs for an IoT platform from the cloud are significantly lower than those for an in-house development.

A cloud solution relieves your development team of administrative tasks such as hosting and installing updates and allows them to concentrate on what is really important: Your product and its benefits for the customer.  

If you wish to have a fully developed IoT solution, but do not want to obtain it from the cloud, Cloud of Things offers you an option with the Private variant.

Which devices can be used with the Cloud of Things IoT platform?

We work with industry partners around the world to offer our customers a wide range of devices, modules, and components of the highest quality. In order to connect to the Cloud of Things IoT platform, they must be equipped with a corresponding software agent. An overview of certified devices can be found here.

How do I connect sensors to the Cloud of Things IoT platform?

With Sensor Connect, we offer a versatile sensor toolbox for IoT beginners. It offers a selection of over 10,000 measuring devices from different manufacturers and from a wide range of application areas that can be connected to the Cloud of Things IoT platform via plug-and-play. This hardware package consisting of a measuring device, mobile connection, cloud platform and service makes it possible to get started immediately without laying data cables or any programming effort. You can find more information about Sensor Connect here.

How can I connect non-compatible devices to the Cloud of Things?

We are constantly expanding our hardware portfolio to cover all common use cases. If no device is available for a specific requirement, simply contact us – we will be happy to make you an offer for a development.

Do I have to operate Telekom's IoT platform in the public cloud?

There are situations that require the operation on a dedicated server on the company's premises. For example, if the Cloud of Things is used with a 5G campus network that controls autonomous vehicles, the delays in transmitting data over the Internet would be too great. Corporate security policies may also not allow the use of public cloud solutions and require operation on a dedicated server.

No problem: In this case, you can host the Cloud of Things in the Private variant on your own local server. This scenario only requires a single industrial server with two cores. Depending on the usage scenario, this can serve thousands of local devices.

What do companies need to consider when choosing a provider for an IoT platform?

When selecting an IoT platform provider, you need to consider much more than just the technical capabilities of the application. After all, you're not just looking for a software solution, you're also looking for a partner whose technical, business, and operational skills must align with your business strategy.

Here are 4 key areas to look for when choosing an IoT platform provider:

  • Established company: IoT solutions are often part of mission-critical systems. If they are also used as products by customers, major reputational damage can occur if they fail. Pay attention to the company's reputation, stability, finances, and track record.
  • Large ecosystem: the Internet of Things is complex. A single company cannot possibly provide expertise on all its aspects. Therefore, go for a company with a strong partner ecosystem to have many options for extending your IoT project.
  • Open APIs: extensibility is key to IoT project success, so choose a vendor that gives you access to as many features of its IoT platform as possible through interfaces.
  • Strong onboarding: launching a new platform is not trivial. Look for companies that can train your team, help you with the architecture, and guide you through the proof-of-concept phase.

With Deutsche Telekom's Cloud of Things, you get more than just a secure and flexible IoT platform. You also find an experienced partner who can offer you all the components of your IoT project from a single source.

Does the Cloud of Things IoT platform meet the requirements of the GDPR?

The Cloud of Things IoT platform is operated by Telekom in compliance with German and European data protection law. Subcontracted companies are also obliged to comply with this regulation.

Can I try out Telekom's IoT platform without any obligation?

You can set up a demo account here at any time and test the Cloud of Things functions and backend for 60 days. After the end of the test phase, the account expires automatically without any costs for you.

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